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Center Outliers

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The rankings you will find in these pages are an average. We took the ranks of Michael Finewax, Brian Rosenbaum, Ryan Dadoun and Corey Abbott to formulate a composite score. Of course, there was no way we were all going to agree on every player. Some of us had unique feelings on certain guys, making them outliers. Here are the right winger rankings and explanations:


Center Rankings


1 Connor McDavid Connor McDavid Connor McDavid Connor McDavid
2 Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby
3 Evgeni Malkin John Tavares Steven Stamkos Evgeni Malkin
4 Steven Stamkos Steven Stamkos Evgeni Malkin Steven Stamkos
5 John Tavares Tyler Seguin Tyler Seguin Tyler Seguin
6 Tyler Seguin Evgeni Malkin John Tavares Nicklas Backstrom
7 Nicklas Backstrom Nicklas Backstrom Nicklas Backstrom Mark Scheifele
8 Mark Scheifele Ryan Getzlaf Auston Matthews John Tavares
9 Auston Matthews Auston Matthews Ryan Getzlaf Auston Matthews
10 Jack Eichel Mark Scheifele Mark Scheifele Ryan Getzlaf
11 Aleksander Barkov Aleksander Barkov Jack Eichel Jack Eichel
12 Sean Monahan Claude Giroux Sean Monahan Aleksander Barkov
13 Jonathan Toews Jonathan Toews Aleksander Barkov Sean Monahan
14 Brayden Schenn Sean Monahan Jonathan Toews Patrice Bergeron
15 Patrice Bergeron Jack Eichel Anze Kopitar Jonathan Toews
16 Ryan Getzlaf Ryan Johansen Eric Staal Brayden Schenn
17 Eric Staal Evgeny Kuznetsov Patrice Bergeron Jeff Carter
18 Jeff Carter Eric Staal Jeff Carter Evgeny Kuznetsov
19 Evgeny Kuznetsov Patrice Bergeron Evgeny Kuznetsov Alexander Wennberg
20 Ryan Johansen Anze Kopitar Ryan Johansen Eric Staal
21 Kyle Turris Jeff Carter Claude Giroux Ryan Johansen
22 Nazem Kadri Alex Galchenyuk Brayden Schenn Anze Kopitar
23 Claude Giroux Ryan O'Reilly Nazem Kadri Claude Giroux
24 Mikko Koivu Brayden Schenn Kyle Turris Ryan O'Reilly
25 Anze Kopitar Kyle Turris Alexander Wennberg Nazem Kadri
26 Alexander Wennberg Jason Spezza Mikko Koivu Kyle Turris
27 Ryan O'Reilly Logan Couture Ryan O'Reilly Mikko Koivu
28 J.T. Miller Nazem Kadri J.T. Miller Alex Galchenyuk
29 Alex Galchenyuk Mika Zibanejad Jason Spezza Mika Zibanejad
30 Mika Zibanejad Tyler Johnson Mika Zibanejad Jason Spezza
31 Jason Spezza J.T. Miller Tyler Johnson Logan Couture
32 Logan Couture Alexander Wennberg Logan Couture J.T. Miller
33 Brandon Dubinsky Mikko Koivu Brandon Dubinsky Brandon Dubinsky
34 Tyler Johnson Ryan Kesler Mikael Backlund Tyler Johnson
35 Mikael Backlund Matt Duchene Alex Galchenyuk Mikael Backlund
36 Derek Stepan Dylan Larkin Derek Stepan Derek Stepan
37 Kevin Hayes Mikael Backlund Kevin Hayes Kevin Hayes
38 Sam Bennett Bryan Little Sam Bennett Sam Bennett
39 Bryan Little Sam Bennett Tyler Bozak Bryan Little
40 Henrik Zetterberg Derek Stepan Bo Horvat Henrik Zetterberg


Corey Abbott had Alexander Wennberg 19th overall. The average composite draft position was 25.5.


Alexander Wennberg will probably will be drafted lower than this projection, but if that happens, then it will only serve to increase his value to your fantasy squad as an undervalued talent. He has the potential to reach new heights offensively in 2017-18 because he is slated to play alongside former Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin. That should help him comfortably surpass the 60-point mark after he nearly reached that mark last year when he had 59 points in 80 games. If his shot total continues to improve, which it has each season, then he could morph into a 20-goal scorer as well. Wennberg will rack up assists and power-play points even if that doesn’t happen.


Ryan Dadoun had Alexander Galchenyuk 35th overall. The average composite draft position was 28.5.


I don’t dislike Alex Galchenyuk, but I don’t have a lot of confidence about him in the short-term. He was limited to 61 games last season, so the fact that he only had 44 points isn’t really an issue. However, I don’t know what to expect from him in terms of goals. He had a 16.3 shooting percentage last season, but he only got 104 SOG. If he’s more aggressive with the puck this season, then perhaps we’ll see him reach the 30-goal mark like he did in 2015-16, but I’m just not sure that he will ultimately take enough shots to make that happen. Beyond that, I’m not terribly confident in the Canadiens’ offense overall, which drags them all down a touch in my mind. I’m very interested in what he does this season, but I’m not eager to invest in him unless it’s under ideal circumstances in the draft.